NYC DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING
The Department of City Planning (DCP) plans for the strategic growth and development of the City through ground-up planning with communities, the development of land use policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide and by sharing its perspectives on growth and community needs with sister agencies in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
DCP’s six strategic objectives include: (a) catalyze long-term neighborhood improvement through integrated planning and targeted accompanying public investments; (b) encourage housing production, affordability, and quality; (c) promote economic development and job growth; (d) enhance resiliency and sustainability of neighborhoods; (e) ensure integrity, timeliness and responsiveness in land use reviews; and, (f) supply objective data and expertise to a broad range of planning functions and stakeholders.
Central to its mission, DCP supports the City Planning Commission in its annual review of approximately 450 land use applications. The Department also works closely with OMB in developing the Ten-Year Capital Strategy, and helping administer the $1 billion Neighborhood Development Fund, geared toward ensuring growing neighborhoods undergoing rezoning have accompanying infrastructure investments.
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Queens is home to more than 2.4 million residents, a historic peak population. Queens’ extensive ethnic diversity leads the city and the country. Its growth has been fueled in large measure by an influx of persons arriving from abroad with nearly half the population foreign born, and its residents speak over 160 languages. Some of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in New York City are located in Queens, with the past decade seeing significant housing growth in areas such as Long Island City and Flushing. The borough fosters the most diverse economy in the region, as a center for industry, manufacturing, freight and distribution, primarily centered around Western Queens and the airports.
The Queens Office is a dynamic work environment responsible for a wide range of planning and design activities, including developing borough-wide and local plans with a focus on affordable housing, resiliency, expanded economic opportunity, and transit-oriented development; reviewing and processing land use applications; leading community outreach; planning for resiliency and climate change; and providing technical and policy guidance and direction on all land use and zoning related matters to the City Planning Commission, local Community Boards, elected officials, and the public at large. The borough’s recent growth is occurring within distinct neighborhood contexts, which vary widely across the borough. Currently, its efforts are focused on directing a range of new housing, economic recovery and equitable planning opportunities in to enliven and support the growth and vitality of Queens neighborhoods.
The Queens Office of the Department of City Planning seeks a Community Planner with a demonstrated background in affordable housing, economic development and community engagement to assist in the implementation of its robust work program. The position is a unique opportunity to work closely with the Queens team, Department experts and interdivisional teams on planning efforts for significant growth while balancing the existing needs of our diverse borough. The candidate should possess strong communication and facilitation skills to reach a broad range of audiences; an ability to grasp complex policy and disseminate research and data practically; and a desire to contribute to and create an engaging teamwork environment.
Under supervision, with some latitude for independent judgment, the candidates may:
Review and analyze applications submitted to the Department pursuant to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and coordinate this work with technical divisions of the Department, other City agencies, community boards, elected officials, and the public;
Research and analyze area land use, economic sector and transportation factors to identify trends and contribute to agency’s understanding of community needs;
Support neighborhood planning studies and produce written technical reports and presentations;
Assist in the management of the Queens Office’s application pipeline, including helping schedule and manage projects and present them to communities as part of the pre-certification process and ULURP;
Assist in the management of files, applications, and data associated with the e-filing system Zoning Application Portal (ZAP) as well as distribution and management of hard-copy files as needed;
Develop and maintain a working knowledge of all on-going land use and zoning studies and community initiatives;
Liaise with the community to understand and respond to socioeconomic and development trends at the neighborhood, citywide, and regional scale;
Present land use and zoning proposals to the City Planning Commission, as well as Community Boards, neighborhood groups, and elected officials, and provide expert opinions and recommendations as needed;
Develop technical documents and presentation materials including reports, maps, graphics, memos, and other forms of correspondence;
Provide information to the public and the City Planning Commission through speaking, writing, and graphics;
Play an active role in developing and engaging in comprehensive public outreach campaigns for Queens Office or Department planning initiatives;
Represent the Department and the City at meetings of civic, business and community groups, Community Boards, and public agencies;
Perform other related tasks and projects.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.
Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with proven ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals both in person and over the phone, applying tact and discretion as situations demand.
Proficiency with ArcGIS mapping and analysis is strongly preferred.
Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and other specialized design software.
Must have excellent organizational, time management, and follow-up skills.
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Please be advised only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
Appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.
Authorization to work in the United States is required for this position.
This position requires unrestricted work authorization and DCP does not offer sponsorship. Only eligible candidates need apply.
The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.
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